The ABCs of Homesteading: O is for Organic and Beyond


This is the fourteenth post in the ABCs of Homesteading series. Click here to read the rest of the series.

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I know I am going to disappoint some people with my next statement, but here goes: I am not an organic homesteader.

As far as I am concerned, “organic” is just a stepping-stone toward something that is actually sustainable. Sometimes, getting hung up on being organic is an impediment for real progress toward an even better goal like creating an ecologically-sound, fully-sustainable, closed-loop system.

Why Not Organic?

I don't have the room in this article to go into how little meaning that term “certified organic” has related to sustainability or human and planet welfare. But, I highly recommend that the next time you pick up organic produce from your chain grocery store, do a little research to find out about the company that grew it -- like how they enrich the soil, what they do improve the environment, do they pay their workers a living wage, etc.

Make sure to dig a little deeper than their home page and check secondary sources. If you can't find the information you need...well, by all means give them a call. Any farm worth the implied intent of that word “organic” should be willing to tell you about their practices and invite you to judge for yourself if their food is healthfully grown and good for the planet.

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